Communism and Faith in North Korea

On the 18th of June 2017, I was invited to speak at the St. James’ Institute in Sydney, alongside the Hon. Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. The St. James’ Institute is one of Australia’s leading centres for the public exploration of Christianity and culture.

Drawing on my PhD research and conversations with NK exiles, my speech focussed on the long history of Christianity in northern Korea, from the earliest arrival of the faith, to the present age of persecution in the DPRK. The Hon. Michael Kirby discussed his role with the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, particularly his findings on freedom of religion.

The moderator of the event was Associate Professor Michael Horsburgh AM.

Thank you to the organisers of the workshop, especially the new Director of the St. James’ Institute, Christopher Waterhouse.

An extended version of my remarks are now available online at Sino-NK.

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